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Automata Weevil - Creating a Giant Moving Weevil for the Stage Answered

Crazy internal gears and hidden winches went in to creating this amazing non-motorized spectacle for a stage production of The Difficulty of Crossing a Field.

A team at Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin (my alma mater!) came up with the elegant solution shown in the video above.    J.E. Johnson speaks more about it here.

The video is awesome, but maybe next time the outstanding UT crew could make an Instructable of something like this?  C'mon, J.E., throw a girl a bone - it's an excellent educational process!

Nonetheless, it's brilliant work, and I love the opportunity to see inside the finished weevil!

p.s.  you may recognize someone else's name in the credit's too!

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crapflinger (author)2010-09-13

not to be "that guy", but.....given the current state of robotics and biomimetics (and the fact that this was done in austin, which i'm convinced is the birthplace of everything that is cool) they could have done a much better job on the motion.

the mechanics are awesome looking, and it's much more than what i could do in my shed all by my onesies, but the leg movement doesn't look natural compared to the forward motion of the contraption. the legs are moving WAY slower than the bug is so it ends up looking like the whole thing is sliding along on ice or as if it's swimming instead of walking.

still....really neat

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lemonie (author)2010-09-12

Nice mechanism, creepy effect.


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paulzef (author)2010-09-11

Although you can kinda work it out. If you've ever built one of those mechanical spider or insect robots, its pretty much an up scale version of that.

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Kiteman (author)2010-09-10

Oh, that is a thing of true beauty!

I second the call for a full Instructable.

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